Originally created 07/25/02

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BACK IN TIME

JULY 25, 1902

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The senatorial and congressional campaign meeting was held here yesterday in the courthouse. About 350 people, including ladies, attended the meeting and gave the candidates a respectful hearing.

County Chairman Thomas J. Ransford presided.

In the audience were noted the faces of ex-Gov. J.C. Sheppard and ex-Sen. M.C. Butler. There were no new developments except the vigorous manner in which Col. Elliott jumped on Mr. Latimer about the Charleston Exposition appropriation.

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CHILD ABDUCTIONS

In light of the high-publicity abductions being reported nationwide, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children urges families not to panic. It offers this advice.

Safety tips for parents:

1. Go over the rules with your children about whose homes they can visit when you're not there and discuss the boundaries of where they can and can't go in the neighborhood.

2. Always listen to your children and keep the lines of communication open. Teach your children to get out of dangerous or uncomfortable situations right away and practice role-playing and basic safety skills with them.

3. Tell your children whose car they may ride in. Caution them never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless accompanied by a parent or other trusted adult.

4. Make sure children know their name, address, telephone number and how to use the telephone.

5. Choose baby sitters with care. Obtain references from family, friends and neighbors.

Safety tips for children:

1. Always check first with your parents or the person in charge before you go anywhere or do anything.

2. Always take a friend when you play or go somewhere.

3. Beware adults who offer you special treats or gifts or ask you for help.

4. Don't be afraid to say no. Get away from any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or confused. Trust your feelings.

5. Don't get into a car or go near a car with someone in it unless you are with your parents or other trusted adult. Never take a ride from someone without checking first with your parents.

6. Never go into a public restroom by yourself.

7. Never go alone to the mall, movie theater, video arcade or park.

8. Stay safe when you're home alone by keeping the doors locked. Do not open the door for or talk to anyone who stops by unless the person is a trusted family friend or relative.

For more safety tips and additional child prevention education materials, visit www.missingkids.com. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children brochures such as Child Protection and Summer Safety Tips can be found under Education & Resources.

PTA MEETING

The PTA Fall Focus Leadership Training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at Glenn Hills Middle School, 2941 Glenn Hills Drive, Augusta.

PTA leaders, principals, volunteers, educators and partners will get tools and learn strategies for effective programs. Topics include committee effectiveness, safety, health, arts, education, environment, reading, newsletters, Web sites and parent involvement.

To R.S.V.P. or get more information, call 738-6061 or 736-7225.

CRANBERRY ADVANTAGE

Findings published in The Journal of the American Medical Association indicate scientists have discovered that regular consumption of cranberry juice may offer protection against certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.

WATER WELL

Keep your shrubs well-watered during late summer because many plants such as rhododendrons and camellias start to form buds for next year's flowers during this time.

HOLD THE FRIES

Prevention Magazine reports that in a 12-year study of 42,500 men, those eating a diet heavy on red meats, fries, refined grains and sweets ran almost twice the risk of developing diabetes as those eating a diet heavy on vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

STAY DRY

It's hard not to perspire in the summer heat, but Mark Davis, a researcher for Procter & Gamble, says you'll sweat less if avoid spicy foods, caffeine and nicotine, which trigger and increase your system's activity.